Skip to comments.Barbara Boxer: Call me 'senator' (she tells a Brigadier General...)
Posted on 06/18/2009 7:31:37 AM PDT by pissant
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) didn't like a Brigadier General calling her "ma'am" at an EPW hearing yesterday.
"Do me a favor," she said, "could say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you."
(video at link)
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
It is perfectly acceptable to call a male Senator “Sir” is it not?
What an egomaniac!
See I disagree that’s a reasonable request I would think. “Sir” and “Ma’am” are generic terms, we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.
She worked hard to earn another title—bitch.
Did she call him “General” or ‘boy’?
Mrs. Boxer, as one of your constituents, there are several things I’d like to call you and “senator” is not one of them.
This people are aweful.... what a real *ITCH!! The General outta say...”With all due respect MA’AM, BUT I DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU”!!
The hell I will.
They work for me.
I dunno...seems that she wears that title with ease.
There is no regulation, rule or law that requires this or any other deference with regard to our so-called “public servants”.
Not if you are military. You call the President ‘sir’. If it’s good enough for Potus, its good enough for old, wannabee sex kitten.
Actually, it was very easy for her.
To which he should have replied, “Certainly, Senator. And would you please address me as ‘General’? I’ve worked hard for that title, too.”
Trust me Boxer, among intelligent people, who pay attention to current events, “ma’am” is a much more complimentary salutation then the odious “Senator”.
Mmmm, okay point taken. You win.
Screw 'em. Even the Queen of England is properly referred to as "ma'am" after a formal introduction is made.
OK, I’ll say it. SENATOR Boxer is a f***ing idiot!
She is also a supercilious, small-minded, self-centered harridan.
Boy, now there’s a word you don’t often see.
The fact she refers to it as a "title" shows arrogance. It's not a titled job. It's an elected "position".
The General knows more about respect — and has more in his little finger — than many of the idiots in Washington. Especially her.
No, ma’am, I can’t. It’s just a military thing.
I’m glad this was caught on tape. It needs to be widely circulated.
I’d respond, “When you act like a US Senator and not a Marxist fool for foreign nations, maybe I will.”
Translation, "I spent a lot of other people's money to get where I am..."
Of course, every polititian will say that taking donations doesn't influence their votes. I always wondered who was more gullible, the people giving them their money or the people who believe it doesn't influence their vote...
>>> we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title. <<<
“We” do”? When did “we” start doing this? I could swear that I read an essay by Mark Twain, circa 1908, where he mocked this practice as being a novelty and an enormity.
Perhaps there is a difference between addressing a congressman by his title during a hearing and addressing him by title on the street.
I imagine he prefers being called general also.
The first time I heard Boxer talk, I knew she was an idiot.
Good point. It would be a good practice to use the generic title ‘Public Servant’ for the whole bunch of them IMHO.
“we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.”
What title? They have no title! They may BE a senator, a congressman, or a president but they take on no title when doing so. They work for us, we don’t work for them. We will call them anything we damned well please as they work at our leisure.
Naah!!!! She was a natural.
I’d prefer to call Barbara Boxer “Your Highness”... except I’d pronounce it “You’re heinous”
Ma'am is the tern of highest respect.
boxer is both arrogant and ignorant.
Ma'am is the tern of highest respect.
Ummm... The title of “General” is earned after a lifetime of hard work. The title of “Senator” isn’t earned at all but rather is granted after one campaign cycle.
Liberals are so effing STUPID.
A study in superficiality and pettiness.
Brigadier General replies, "Yes, ma'am."
It's not generic in the military, it's a proper alternative to rank when addressing superior officers. While not "proper" in the sense that Barbara isn't his superior, it was clearly a mark of respect. Which she clearly demonstrated she doesn't deserve.
, Ty Cobb, known for his foul mouth, vile temper, as well as his baseball skill, was once tossed out of the first game of a doubleheader for cussing at the umpire. He's leading off in the second game, and as he walks up to the plate, he asks the umpie if he can be tossed out for "thinking". The umpire replies" no, you can't" at which time Cobb says.."OK, I THINK you're a no-good%$%^&*^%$DV^&*&%$$^*!!!!!!"
I think the General should honor her request. After all, MS. Boxer was instrumental in causing the title “Senator” to be fraught with dishonorable, disgusting, disrespecful and fraudulent connotations. I think the General should honor her wishes and call her by the caustic, disrespectful slur of a title that she wishes to go by: Senator
It is really too bad. At one time that title caused me to view someone with honor, respect and deference. Sadly, those days are long since past.
I figure as long as she calls him “General”, they are even.
BTW, I had an internship with Sen. Pete Wilson (long, long, ago) and his title on correspondence was “Hon. Pete Wilson”. Although not every Member of Congress is honorable, I figure we should keep using the title to remind them of what they should be.
“Do me a favor,” she said, “could say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’.....
I guess Asshat is out also?.....
It has been a long time since they worked for us. All the work for is power and reelection to accumulate more power.
I will never ever vote for an incumbantant to a national office again.
We are supposed to have two conservative Senators in this state and what do we really have? The two biggest pork barrelers in Washington District of Corruption.
WEASELS all of them. No on second thought, that is an insult to weasels.
BB needs an attitude adjustment. The general was perfectly within his rights to refer to her as "ma'am" and if it was me I would have told her to shut up and carry on with your question.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.